Review Subaru XV
More than two decades ago, back when Subaru was still immersed in the glory of success in the World Championship, the Japanese brand decided to venture out to release an Impreza hatchback, adding a bodywork. boxy but still retain the solid drive wheel bit below.
They called it Forester and it was a great success for Subaru. But it has also grown over the years, leaving a gap in the squad where Forester originally stood. Enter, then, XV, again looks like an Impreza has been activated, only this time there is no extra length.
XV is now entering the second generation and it shows no sign of surrendering in the sales race. So we spent a week in the top S model to see all this noisy.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 7/10
S is at the top of a three-storey range, priced at $ 35,240. That’s $ 300 less than the old car (entry level 2.0i is $ 1250 cheaper than the car it replaces) and the new S has more. And oh my god, it’s a much better car. And cheaper to own, too, according to Subaru.
At the same price as a top-of-the-line CX-3, you get 18-inch alloys, dual-zone climate control, active LED headlights, automatic wipers, a huge safety package including ‘EyeSight’ and ‘Vision Assistant’, reversing camera, 8.0 inch touch screen with sat nav and (gimmicky, please) Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
You also get active cruise, roof rails, electric driver’s seat, heated mirrors, leather trim, sunroof and space-saving accessories.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 6/10
This is the hardest part of the evaluation – XV is not particularly attractive. Although it’s a completely subjective viewpoint (e.g. Carsguide co-founder Andrew Chesterton disagrees), I still maintain that not too many people will choose the car alone (of course, it’s commendable. ).
Proportionally, the XV looks like it rides too high and appears to have a long overhang, enlarged by the initials behind. Like many Japanese cars, it’s like the design team doesn’t know when to stop sticking black pieces of plastic onto the body.
The wheels are also animatedly large (to suggest more wheel travel and thus off-road capability), and so the 18-inch alloys look completely lost. And the chrome door handle really doesn’t work on the S.
Subaru’s palette is perhaps a nod to its middle-aged boxer aesthetics (see what I did there?) -But pastel and vivid orange pastels with sometimes challenging looks.
Inside is a little calmer. In the S, you have a larger 8.0-inch screen in the center console, with a second 4.6-inch screen above, much like a cruise computer on steroids. Most of the materials are fine, but the seat design – with bright leather trim and orange stitching – is not particularly pleasant, nor is it a large collection of buttons on the steering wheel.
How realistic is the inner space? 7/10
The XV may be considered a compact SUV, but it has a foot in some camps that can be confusing.
A small part of the car is boot space – at 310 liters with seats up and 765 liters with seats 60/40, this is not a vehicle for loads. It is just a few liters on the tiny CX-3 shoes. Nor great is the load height; The lips are quite high but the floor is flat, so that is something.
The small boots mean reasonably generous rear seats. Legroom is reasonable, as is space, so adults can move behind the XV – as long as you limit the nubmer to two and they can live without the air vents in the back.
Each passenger in front of and behind each person records a pair of mugs for a total of four, that number matches the number of bottle holders at the entrance.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 7/10
Subaru’s 2.0-liter boxer four times appears under the bonnet of the XV and is common to all specific levels. With 115kW and 192Nm, it won’t excite the senses. As a Subaru, all four wheels get driven via CVT automatically, a choice that continues to hinder me.